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Couple Rooted to Their Garden When They’re Not Skydiving in Orem, Utah

Saturday, October 15, 2016 13:10
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Brandon and Nadia Booker enjoy skydiving together. At the community garden in Orem, they worked many hours in two plots to grow a variety of produce.

Nadia uses similar gardening techniques to those that she learned growing up in Siberia

By Laura Giles
Daily Herald
Oct 8, 2016


There is a sharp contrast between working in the tranquility of the neighborhood community garden in Orem and jumping off of cliffs or out of airplanes, but Brandon and Nadia Booker do both.

This is the second year that they have used the garden space and this year, they used two plots instead of one to grow double what they did previously.

“We wanted some normal, delicious fruits and vegetables,” said Nadia, who grew up in Siberia where the growing season is about two months less than in Utah. There, she saw her mother and grandmother gardening and she uses the same techniques here as they did there, planting everything in garden boxes.

“Here, we must use more water because of higher temperatures,” she said. “In Russia, we use greenhouses for tropical fruits like tomatoes, cucumbers and eggplants.”

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